A farm couple from the southeast corner of the province near Redvers have won the Environmental Stewardship Award from the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association.
This year’s award goes to Blaine and Naomi Hjertaas of Redvers, who have been farming since 1974.
In the late 1990’s the couple changed their grain operation to grass and started using a holistic management approach to improve the soil and grass.
The 800 acre farm has 130 cow-calf pairs and 500 ewes and lambs.
The approach includes multiple paddocks where cattle and sheep graze together for a short period of time and the grass is allowed to fully recover before re-grazing.